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Diffusion of Light Hydrocarbons
Douglas Ruthven
CO2 is a common impurity in natural gas and in some large and potentially valuable gas fields the CO2 content is as high as 50 per cent. The separation of CO2 from methane, and other light hydrocarbons is therefore of considerable economic importance. This presentation summarizes the results of a detailed kinetic study aimed at establishing reliable equilibrium constants and diffusivities for methane and other light hydrocarbons in large crystals of DDR.
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Functional-modified Water-soluble Polymers and Polymeric Absorbents for Water Clarification
Huining Xiao
Growing environmental and health concerns have motivated research activities toward developing more-efficient polymeric flocculants and adsorbents for water clarification. The polymers that are reviewed in this work cover both water-soluble polymers and polymer-based absorbents, as well as a range of water-soluble antimicrobial polymers which effectively deactivate the pathogens in water systems and render cellulose-fibre antimicrobial, thus leading to green-based hygiene products or environmental friendly packaging materials.
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Photos from CIC/SCI Canada Seminar and Awards Dinner now posted
CIC
The 4th Annual CIC Green, Clean and Sustainable Chemistry Seminar and SCI Canada Awards Dinner was a great success. Photos of the event and the SCI award winners are now available online.
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Toronto local section to host Chemistry Career Day
CIC
CIC Toronto's first annual Chemistry Career Day will take place on Friday April 25, 2014 from 9am-5pm in the Lash Miller Chemistry Building, 80 St. George Street, University of Toronto. There will be: representatives from over 12 chemical companies and institutions in the GTA; presentations from young industry professionals about their path to success; an interactive panel discussion with professionals from industry and academia; and insider tips from communications experts and career educators.
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MSU receiving $2.5 million to support chemical engineering scholarships, research
Delaware Online
Michigan State University is receiving a gift of $2.5 million, to advance scholarships and research in chemical engineering. The Michigan State University College of Engineering received the gift from Dave and Denise Lamp of Dallas.

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What the Nuclear Industry has to Teach Us about Successfully Implementing Change in Chemical Industries and Chemical Engineering University Programs
Robert Crawford
Change in our industrial workplace is ever-present and relentless. When implementing change it is essential for our teams to be technically proficient and to effectively apply sound engineering economics. There is however a third element "the human element" which often is the difference maker when it comes to complete project objectives realization. This presentation will address the strategies used to effectively integrate human factors into industrial projects and the design course curriculum.

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The unpaid internship: Doorway to employment or unfair exploitation?
The Globe and Mail
For decades, magazines have relied on unpaid interns to staff their offices, edit and fact-check their copy. These interns are usually aspiring journalists or students seeking entry to the industry. Recently, the Ontario Ministry of Labour ruled that these internships, as practiced by the magazines Toronto Life and The Walrus, are in violation of labour laws which forbid full-time work without pay. It appears that unpaid internships have become a thing of the past.

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Canada created 43,000 jobs in March
CBC News
Canada's economy added 43,000 jobs in March as young people found work, Statistics Canada said. The country's unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percentage points to 6.9 per cent. There were 190,000 more jobs in March 2014 than there were the same month in 2013. "So far this year, jobs are up by 65,000 amidst the concerns over the quality of the figures," Scotiabank economists said.
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Perseverance and support keys to women's success in STEM
Princeton University
A particular issue facing women in the time-demanding STEM fields is the decision to have children. Alison Gammie, a senior lecturer in molecular biology, said that a woman can successfully balance her family and career. Gammie manages her day — such as by preparing her tasks a day in advance and avoiding distractions — so that she has a "super-efficient eight hours" of work and can focus on her family at home.
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High tech employs more B.C. workers than mining and forestry combined
Mining.com
High tech is still smaller than overall goods-producing industry. When construction and other manufacturing are added, the goods-producing sector in B.C. employs 305,600 people compared to high tech's 84,100. B.C. Stats classifies high tech jobs as businesses that are "cutting edge and is usually associated with strong economic growth and advanced technological development." Some service industry examples are engineering and computer services.
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MBA in Canada: Hot MBA job prospects create surge in demand
Business Because
The Canadian MBA is rising in popularity. QS data shows the biggest jump in MBA study destinations is in Canada, fuelled by tasty job prospects. More Canadian business schools are also creeping up the rankings' tables and salaries are buoyed by a stable economy. Business schools will have noticed a survey of 70,000 applicants which shows Canada has topped all other emerging MBA destinations.
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Here's proof graduates aren't an underemployed 'lost generation'
The Globe and Mail
For the past couple of years, one of the things that both the Canadian right and left have agreed on is that the transmission belt from higher education to the labour market is broken. For the right, this has been expressed in terms of "skills gaps" (or, when that proved a stretch, "skills mismatches"), which is code for "we need fewer BAs and more college grads."
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Rising to the challenge of Canada's skills shortage
The Globe and Mail
Canadian employment in the professional, scientific and services sector hit a record high in December, while factory jobs continued to decline. The structural shift from lower-skilled manufacturing to higher-skilled professional, scientific and services requires substantial growth in the number of trained workers. That begins with changing what Mr. Harper called "people's choices." And those people are students.
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Maybe it's time Canada expands trades training for youth
Financial Post
After years in the wilderness, a lot of federal and provincial time has been spent this year debating Canada's track record on workplace training. With $2.5 billion alone going from the federal coffers to training — mostly from the Employment Insurance premiums we all pay — getting results is important. And with 300,000 jobs in small and medium-sized businesses sitting vacant, success becomes critical.
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